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Tips on Managing Prostacyclin Therapies for PH

Diagnosing in Pulmonary Hypertension (PH)

Right Heart Catheterization in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension


Basic Pathology of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH)

Should Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) Patients Exercise?

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Tips on managing infused prostacyclin therapies 

You have now been diagnosed with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and your PH care team may have recommended starting prostacyclin therapy. This class of medication is the oldest class of medication used in the treatment of PH. 



Coping Strategies for PH Patients    

A PH diagnosis can strike anyone at any time, and no one can be prepared immediately to handle all aspects of such a difficult condition.  However, there are definitely things that everyone can do to minimize the impact of distress, isolation, and varying emotional responses that come along with this diagnosis.



Basic Pathology of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

PAH is a disorder of small pulmonary arteries that is characterized by obstructive lesions that impair blood flow and access to the oxygen exchange portions of the lungs. As a result, oxygen content in blood is reduced and body tissues are receiving less oxygen that is required for generation of the energy required to sustain normal tissue activity.



Right Heart Catheterization for Pulmonary Hypertension 

Right heart catheterization (RHC) is a diagnostic procedure used to measure pulmonary artery pressures and thus evaluate whether a patient has pulmonary hypertension or not, and sometimes what is causing the pulmonary hypertension. 



Exercise and Pulmonary Hypertension

It is no surprise that every good doctor advocates a healthy diet and exercise regimen for her patients.  An apple (or perhaps a 30-minute jog) a day, after all, keeps the doctor away. However, for patients with pulmonary hypertension, exercise has not always been endorsed.



Getting to a Diagnosis of Pulmonary Hypertension

Many common symptoms of PH are nonspecific and many of them can be seen in more common heart and lung diseases including coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, asthma, COPD, or even just being out of shape. So, it is important to see a doctor before jumping to any conclusions.



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